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Post Date:10/21/2019 12:31 PM

Curry County Office of Substance Abuse Prevention
117 W. 8th Street
Clovis, NM  88101
(575) 763-7725

For Immediate Release on:     October 21, 2019

Issued By:                                Curry County Administration


National Take-Back Day, Saturday, October 26 at Roden Smith Pharmacy, Clovis and Walgreens, Clovis.

CLOVIS, NM – On Saturday, October 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Curry County Office of Substance Abuse Prevention (OSAP), the Curry County Health Council, New Mexico State Police, Curry County Sheriff’s Office and Clovis Police Department are participating in the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration to give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to Roden Smith Pharmacy, located at 305 Llano Estacado Blvd, Clovis, NM. Or Walgreens, located at 700 E 21st Street, Clovis, NM.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Additional items that will be accepted are sharps, pills, patches, e-cigarettes and vaping devices with a removable battery. Curry County collected 109 pounds of expired and unused prescription medications during the DEA Take Back Event in April 27, 2019.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs.  Locally, according to the 2018 New Mexico Community Survey, 11.8% of Curry County residents self-reported using pain killers for any reason and 4.7% of Curry County High School students self-reported using prescription drugs to get high, according to the 2017 Annual Strategies for Success Survey.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 26 Take Back Day event, go to or contact Tanya Henderson at 575-763-7725 ext. 164 or email at


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